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Business Subsidies and Preferences


Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt

Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast:...

The Valuation of Public Projects: Risks, Cost of Financing and Cost of Capital
September 12, 2013 - Eric Gravel, Marcel Boyer and Sandy Mokbel

The costs of public sector investments in infrastructure projects are underestimated and should include the risks to taxpayers who backstop them, according to a report released today by the C.D....

Rewarding Innovation: Improving Federal Tax Support for Business R&D in Canada
September 22, 2011 - Mark Parsons

Ottawa could better foster business innovation in Canada by creating a competitive tax system across the entire innovation value chain, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe...

May 31, 2011 - Benjamin Dachis and Jan Carr

Ontario’s subsidy program for renewable electricity suppliers will cost Ontario electricity users about $310 a year, per household, unless the program is reformed, according to a report released...

Failures and job losses are integral to economic growth: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
By Peter Howitt With the Canadian economy shrinking for the past two quarters, the news has looked grim. But people leaving jobs and companies going out of business can also be signs of a dynamic...
Published in the Globe and Mail on June 2, 2014 Benjamin Dachis and John Lester are co-authors of the recent C.D. Howe Institute commentary “Small Business Preferences as a Barrier to Growth: Not So...
Évaluation de projets publics: risques, coût de financement et coût du capital
Le coût des investissements du secteur public dans les projets d'infrastructures sont sous-estimés et doivent comprendre les risques encourus par les contribuables, selon un rapport publié aujourd'...

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